Volcom Pipeline Pro: Day 1 Photos And Highlight Video


ASP World Tour 5* WQS Volcom Pipeline Pro: Day 1

Conditions: 8-12 feet North/Northwest with the wind shifting into just the right direction (South/Southeast) throughout the day At first light it was looking pretty sketchy with third reef Pipeline washing into the second reef before absolutely detonating on the first reef, "Man sized Pipeline," according to Dave Wassel. It was also rainy and overcast first thing in the morning, but like they say in the islands, "If you don't like the weather wait ten minutes." Sure enough, by the second heat, the Hawaiian sun broke through the clouds and instantly made the waves look better and perhaps even a bit more user friendly… until a twelve-foot set cleaned up everyone in heat #3. With the sun shining, the waves cranking, a reported 150,000 people watching online, and a thousand or so fans on the beach, Day 1 of the Volcom Pipeline Pro was worth the wait.

Day 1 Warrior Standouts

Kalani Chapman
Kalani Chapman. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kalani Chapman had the quote of the morning after dropping in on David Giddings, "I wasn't gonna let him (Giddings) paddle around me and get away with it, this is my wave and I had to let him know that." Amazingly, Kalani won the heat even with an interference that negated one of his scores. His luck would run out in his next heat, nevertheless, he still had the line…

Derek Ho
Derek Ho. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

45-year old Derek Ho—the oldest competitor in the event—had one of the best rides of morning when he stroked into a beast on the second reef, "It was just a matter of being in the right spot out there," he said humbly about his barrel that had the beach screaming.

Reef McIntosh. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Reef McIntosh. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Reef McIntosh executed one of his patented late-drop-to-rail-grab-to-let-go-and-stand-straight-up-in-the-barrel deals to nail the highest wave score of the morning. "I was out there just like any other day, just trying to get a few good ones," he said after dominating his heat.

Ronald Brown checks his wounds after putting in a valiant effort at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Ronald Brown checks his wounds after putting in a valiant effort at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

20-year old Costa Rican Ronald Brown has become a favorite of ours after witnessing his go-for-broke approach and seeing his infectious smile. He had a tough go in his heat though, getting pounded again and again until breaking one of his last Pipe boards.

Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Noyle/SPL
Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Jamie O'Brien treated his heats like he was in his own personal playground—which Pipeline actually is. Fittingly, Jamie O nailed the event's first perfect ten-point ride and took a cool 100-dollar bill from Electric for his efforts. Shaddy from Electric better have a few more of those to pass out…

Landon McNamara and Liam McNamara. Photo: Coté
Landon McNamara and Liam McNamara. Photo: Coté

13-year old Landon McNamara took off on one of the biggest set waves of the day and got demolished, smashing his face on the reef and breaking his board in the process. His dad, Liam, was watching from the third floor of the Volcom house and sprinted down to the beach to see if his son was okay. Despite a cut on his face, Landon grabbed another board and redeemed himself with a beautiful barrel. Yeah grom! His old man was proud too, "I was a little nervous there, but he's in good shape, brah!" Landon didn't have much to say except that the cut on his forehead was starting to sting.

Nils Schweizer. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nils Schweizer. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

23-year old Floridian Nils Schweizer showed his big wave chops off on an absolute bomb, just barely making it under the lip and standing tall ala Reef McIntosh.

Danny Fuller. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Danny Fuller. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

It wasn't just newcomers and groms leading the charge today, Kauai's Danny Fuller ripped the gills off Pipeline today, cruising through cavern after cavern and earning himself a cool C-Note off Shaddy from Electric for his perfect ten-point ride.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, if the swell holds up and the winds don't get weird, we could be in for yet another amazing day at the Banzai! For now, check out all the photos and video below. —Justin Coté

Volcom Pipeline Pro Day 1 Results:
Round of 96 (First 10 of 16 heats completed today)
1st & 2nd advance. 3rd=65th, 4th=81st
Listed in order of 1st through 4th; Hawaiian unless noted otherwise
H1: Jonah Morgan; Solomon Ortiz; Charlie Carroll; Liam McNamara
H2: Ian Walsh; Takayuki Wakita (JPN); Ricky Whitlock (USA); Oliver Kurtz (USA)
H3: Jamie O’Brien; Anthony Walsh (AUS); Ryan Briggs (USA); Josie Graves (PRI)
H4: Albee Layer; Marcus Hickman; Alejandro Moreda (PRI); Matt Mohagen (USA)
H5: Rob Machado (USA); Kawai Lindo; Jason Shibata; Kellen Ellison (USA)
H6: Kevin Sullivan; Devon Tresher (USA); Tyler Newton; Bobby Morris (USA)
H7: Nils Schweizer (USA); Landon McNamara; Ezra Sitt; Shinpei Horiguchi (JPN)
H8: Mark Healey; Clay Marzo; Mitchel Coleborn (Aus); Gavin Beschen
H9: David Wassell; Sean Moody; Ryah Arthur (USA); Jensen Callaway (USA)
H10: Danny Fuller; Keito Matsuoka (JPN); Billy Kemper; Teppei Tajima (JPN)

Round of 112
1st & 2nd advance, 3rd=97th; 4th=105th

H1: Jonah Morgan; Ian Walsh; John Irons; Dane Ward (USA)
H2: Jamie O’Brien; Marcus Hickman; Edrick Baldwin; Tom Dosland
H3: Kawai Lindo; Tyler Newton (USA); Randall Paulson; Ry Craike
H4: Shinpei Horiguchi (JPN); Mark Healey; Stephen Koehne; Keli Everett
H5: David Wassell; Billy Kemper; Felipe Cesariano (BRZ); Jason Frederico
H6: Kalani Chapman; David Giddings (USA); Aamion Goodwin; Mikey Bruneau
H7: Derek Ho; Sion Milosky; Keoni Nozaki; Kyle Garson (USA)
H8: Reef McIntosh; Kaupena Miranda; Rico Jiminez; Ronald Brown (CRI)

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Aamion Goodwin pulls the rip cord. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Aamion Goodwin pulls the rip cord. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at the Banzai Pipeline... wish you were here! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at the Banzai Pipeline... wish you were here! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Crowd favorite and nephew to the Ho brothers, Kawai Lindo. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Crowd favorite and nephew to the Ho brothers, Kawai Lindo. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Dusty Payne's new career path? Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Dusty Payne's new career path? Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Round one casualty JD Irons from Kauai. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Round one casualty JD Irons from Kauai. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Volcom Pipeline Pro Web commentary team Dave Stanfield and our very own Chris Coté. Over 150,000 watched online today! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Volcom Pipeline Pro Web commentary team Dave Stanfield and our very own Chris Coté. Over 150,000 watched online today! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Mark Healey gets manhandled. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Mark Healey gets manhandled yet lives to fight another day at the Volcom Pipeline Pro. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Volcom team rider Dave Wassel powers it off the bottom at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Volcom team rider Dave Wassel powers it off the bottom at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Uncle Spam (right) and the Waianae boys holding down the fort at the Volcom house. Photo: Coté
Uncle Spam (right) and the Waianae boys holding down the fort at the Volcom house. Photo: Coté
Before his heat, Mitch Coleborn told me that he had a mix of fear and adrenaline coursing through his Aussie veins. Looks like he got over the fear... Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Before his heat, Mitch Coleborn told me that he had a mix of fear and adrenaline coursing through his Aussie veins. Looks like he got over the fear... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Jamie O'Brien en-route to a perfect ten point ride. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Jamie O'Brien en-route to a perfect ten point ride. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
North Shore local Rocky Canon rocks the mic to the delight of the beach crowd. Photo: Coté
North Shore local Rocky Canon rocks the mic to the delight of the beach crowd. Photo: Coté
Former Pipeline Master Rob Machado styles his way into day two of the Volcom Pipeline Pro. Photo: Noyle/SPL
Former Pipeline Master Rob Machado styles his way into day two of the Volcom Pipeline Pro. Photo: Noyle/SPL
Balls to the wall with North Shore loc-dog Ezra Sitt. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Balls to the wall with North Shore loc-dog Ezra Sitt. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
In an early morning meeting, Dave Wassel and Pancho Sullivan make the call to run the comp... good call boys! Photo: Noyle/SPL
In an early morning meeting, Dave Wassel and Pancho Sullivan make the call to run the comp... good call boys! Photo: Noyle/SPL
Kauai's Sion Milosky in too deep but charging nevertheless. Photo: Noyle/SPL
Kauai's Sion Milosky in too deep but charging nevertheless. Photo: Noyle/SPL
Marcus Hickman gets ready to wax the competition... Photo: Noyle/SPL
Marcus Hickman gets ready to wax the competition... Photo: Noyle/SPL
Marcus Hickman. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Marcus Hickman. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Japan's Takayuki Wakita and the boys get caight inside by a rogue wave... not the way you want to begin your heat. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Japan's Takayuki Wakita and the boys get caight inside by a rogue wave... not the way you want to begin your heat. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
At Rocky Point you have the "Ronnie Bowl" and at Pipeline you have the "Wakita Bowl" named after Japan's hard charging Takayuki Wakita pictured here. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Steep and deep with Aussie madman Anthony Walsh. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
    At Rocky Point you have the "Ronnie Bowl" and at Pipeline you have the "Wakita Bowl" named after Japan's hard charging Takayuki Wakita pictured here. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
At Rocky Point you have the "Ronnie Bowl" and at Pipeline you have the "Wakita Bowl" named after Japan's hard charging Takayuki Wakita pictured here. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Gavin "The Alien" Beschen. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Gavin "The Alien" Beschen. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
From left: Bill "Billygoat" Ballard, RT, Gerry Lopez in his old house, Troy Eckert, and the one and only Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
From left: Bill "Billygoat" Ballard, Volcom filmer and movie maker "RT", Gerry Lopez in his old house, Troy Eckert, and the one and only Herbie Fletcher. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
We saved the best for last, check out 13-year old Landon McNamara! The kid was charging today and made more than just his old man proud! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
We saved the best for last, check out 13-year old Landon McNamara! The kid was charging today and made more than just his old man proud! Photo: Bielmann/SPL